A Celebration of Percy Grainger
part of the 2011 Romsey Arts Festival

Friday 15 July 2011 at 7:45pm
Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

conductor - Charles Stewart
piano - Rogen Owens

Tickets £10 (no concessions)

While some composers seem to fit snugly within a period, style or succession, others are harder to place. One such was Percy Grainger (1882-1961) whose music featured in Southern Voices’ concert to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.

Grainger was Australian-born, but German-trained as a musician, a virtuoso pianist as well as an eclectic composer, whose output ranges from settings of folk music to Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’. Grainger’s choral writing – one of the most important genres in his music – is fascinating and diverse.

In this concert Southern Voices performed a variety of Grainger’s best a capella and accompanied choral music, interspersed with some of the piano music for which he is most famous -- including, of course, the quintessentially English Country Gardens, performed by Winchester based pianist, Roger Owens.